Mississippi Half Step, You Ain't Woman Enough, El Paso, Stella Blue, Greatest Story Ever Told-> Bertha, Row Jimmy, Beat It On Down The Line, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: Johnny B. Goode
partials of both sets; set 1: SBD> ?>C> CD> EAC> SHN (unknown analog generations); set 2: SBD> MR> C> D> CD> EAC> SHN, edited from previous shn set; the first set is a degraded SBD; Thanks to S. Milewski, G. Hamilton; edits/encoding by JCotsman
The boys really left their mark the last time they played in Oregon (Read: 8/27/72), but that magic escaped them this time around. Still, this night was not without a moment. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Dark Star is the success story here. While this Star is not among the crème de la crème versions for the year (look to 2/15, 6/10, 8/1, 10/19, 11/11, & 12/6 for examples), it’s still not without high merit, not the least of which for the inclusion of the 6/8 jazz vamp that Phil lays down, commencing around the 6:30 mark. The jouncing groove simply sucks the listener in, warranting many happy returns. It seems Phil was quite enamored with this structure, as he played it a few times this month (the Dark Star on 6/10 & The Other One on 6/29 come to mind). Still, the piece of music presented here is quite unique, and worthy of multiple listens.
This show as a whole is not essential, as it is riddled with more clams and lyrical flubs than sister shows of this month. Moreover, the first set ditties sound dialed in (often an Achilles’ heel in ’73), but it’s nearly blatantly obvious here. If one is seeking solid shows for this month, look to the stupendous show from two days earlier (6/22) or the great (but slightly overrated) 6/10 show.
*Contrary to what one reviewer below claimed, this Dark Star does not contain a “Philo-Stomp”. That particular groove was only played in the fall of 1972 a handful of times (10/18, 10/28, 11/13 & 11/26 during Dark Star, and on 10/24 during “The Other One”). All of these versions are worth seeking out.
This performance is capped of with an incredible medley of Dark Star>Eyes>China Doll. Definitely one of the best pairings of these tunes of '73. The 'Philo Stop' and subsequent jamming in and around this theme is amazing; Jerry's and Bobby's playing are particularly special. The Eyes that follows is typical '73 hyper-drive jazz and then some, and the China Doll is very haunting and well played.
There are a few issues that prevent me from giving this a five. For one thing, there seems to be an inordinate amount of lyrical flubs this nite; a few don't really bother me, but I found there was enough to be distracting. Also, most of the little tunes aren't played all that hot (Compare to the 6/22 show, for example). But really this is a fine, fine show...a solid 4 for me. The Dark Star is the must hear territory of this one.
Reviewer:Chris U. -
September 30, 2007 Subject:
Our Bodies Close Together
The Dark Star in this show comprises what may be the best recorded and lengthiest extended dual guitar interplay in the database. There is a long stretch where Bobby and Jerry are just friggling away on top of Bill and Phil's percolating rhythms ... Keith comes in towards the end of the jam and does just enough to spill a few drops of spiked coffee over the edge of the cup. Then a very brief Billy solo and an unambiguous restart, directly into the first verse of the song! Following that there is some extended ugliness of the "let's all take a bad trip together" variety at which the Dead excelled (I think this time it was intentional, at least) ...
Another review said the EYES was sloppy ... I don't think so.
And bedides it transitions into a CHINA DOLL that is among the most confidently played versions ever (includes Billy's high hat, Weirs juicy phased effects, and -- above all -- Garcia's one-in-a-trillion vocal chords ... god fxkin damn...
The China Cat explodes just like you'd expect, including a muffed up 'Downward Jam' (curse it not worth it, who came up that garbage in the first place?!?!) but it it's all redeemed when Jerry sings his headlight verses Rider.
September 27, 2007 Subject:
Killer Dark Star!
1973 is such a great year......This Dark Star is one of my favs. Jerry gets this quick little diddy jam going around the 5 min mark and it soars with energy. Many themes are explored and finally around the 16 min mark Jerry decides he'll sing. I always imagine the feeling of seeing Jerry sing "Dark Star Crashes" and I usually get goosebumps. The Eyes is a little sloppy, but the risks are worth it. Certainly worth the D/L (stream).
October 11, 2006 Subject:
DS > Eyes
Must admit, i tend to listen to DS first before I check out the rest of any show.
This one is off...the...hook!
Kreutzmann is a freaking genius! Jerry and Phil aren't bad either.
Now to listen to the rest of the show....
Reviewer:Tampa Red -
March 21, 2005 Subject:
Yeah, this show deserves more attention
Agree with Dax King; this show gets short shrift and shouldn't. Excellent long and involved Dark Star; nearly as epic as 4/29/72 (my current favorite) and maybe even top 5 of the year? Flows into a somewhat herky-jerky yet very high energy Eyes. With so much competition out there from 72-74, it's no suprise that something gets overlooked. Download it before it gets taken off of here to permit you to get gouged by the Dead for a pay download.
September 10, 2004 Subject:
this is most of the first set then a big space of a missing mexicalli, tleo, llrain, box- which all should come between half step and around + around.
dark star >eyes> chinadoll is actually set two material and is preceeded by an opener of promised abnd the set ends wiht sugar mags sat nite.
3 for quality and missed points for incomplete archival- that being said, I downloaded it: thanks!
Reviewer:dax king -
July 11, 2004 Subject:
fantastic dark star
This show is not well known, however that should change. This to me is the second true highlight of the year up to this point,2/19/73 being the first. Get this show!!!!